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Photo #: 80-G-17055
Battle of Midway, June 1942
The Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma afire and dead in the water on 6 June 1942, as seen from a SBD dive bomber, probably from USS Hornet (CV-8) during the day's third attack by planes from Hornet and USS Enterprise (CV-6). A destroyer (either Asashio or Arashio) is nearby, attempting to remove Mikuma's crew.
Photo was taken from the gunner's seat, looking aft, with the barrel of a .30 caliber machine gun in the right foreground and the plane's vertical tail at the extreme right.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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5 March 1999